Stay and Play Book Club

Stay and Play Book Club

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*Due to COVID-19, San Diego REP's 45th Season has been in flux. As part of the purpose of this book club is to tie the specific books into the themes and stories of the plays we produce, dates have changed from our original posting and many are yet to be rescheduled. If you have any questions, please contact our Audience Engagement Curator, Sherisa Oie, at

During our 2019/20 season, we kick-started a post-show discussion about the various plays in our season, called the Stay and Play Club.  San Diego REP is expanding this concept to include an online book club, where audiences can discuss a book related to the themes of REP produced play. 
The schedule and book list will be published quarterly, with around 2-3 meetings per quarter based on REP productions coming up. 
To participate in this book club, register here. Participants are encouraged to read the book and then join the online discussion on the dates noted below. Book club participants will be offered a discount code after the online discussion for 15% off tickets for the related production. 

2021 Schedule

Monday, August 9 at 7PM Pacific 

Please join us online on August 9 at 7pm, to talk about a book from Octavio Solis, who wrote the upcoming SD REP play MOTHER ROAD. This book discussion will be led by folks from The Book Catapult.
RETABLOS by Octavio Solis
retablosRecommended three times by the New York Times and called one of year's Best Books by Buzzfeed
In this uniquely framed memoir, playwright Octavio Solis channels his youth in El Paso, Texas. Like traditional retablos—a traditional painting that dates back to the Spanish Conquest—the rituals of childhood and rites of passage are remembered as singular, dramatic events, self-contained episodes with life-changing reverberations. Living in a home just a mile from the Rio Grande, Octavio is a skinny brown kid on the border, growing up among those who live there, and those passing through on their way North. From the first terrible self-awareness of racism to inspired afternoons playing air trumpet with Herb Alpert, from an innocent game of hide-and-seek to the discovery of a Mexican girl hiding in the cotton fields, Solis reflects on the moments of trauma and transformation that shaped him into a man.
“Octavio Solis does with words and imagery, lyricism and details, humor and heartbreak what the master craftsmen and women of the traditional retablos do with wood and paint, achieving the same results: these short luminous retablos are magical and enticing….His is a large, capacious, and inclusive imagination. Just as the traditional retablos are objects of beauty ultimately meant as devotional pieces, Solis's Retablos will make devotees of his readers."—Julia Alvarez, author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents


Monday, October 4 at 7PM Pacific with The Library Shop at San Diego Central Library @ Joan Irwin Jacobs Common

Feminasty: The Complicated Woman's Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death by [Erin Gibson]From the wickedly funny and feminist creator and host of the Throwing Shade podcast, a collection of hilarious personal essays and political commentary perfect for fans of Lindy West and Roxane Gay.

Erin Gibson’s singular goal is to create a utopian future where women are recognized as humans. In Feminasty—titled after her nickname on the hit podcast "Throwing Shade"—she has written a collection of make-you-laugh-until-you-cry essays exposing the hidden rules that make life as a woman unnecessarily hard and deconstructs them in a way that's bold, provocative and hilarious.
"Gibson blazes across the page like a firework shooting over a landscape of ALL CAPS and italics for emphasis...Feminasty is a Best-Friend Book. Reading it feels like having a feminist hype-woman in your corner. She's taking patriarchal bullies apart with the catty, flippant venom they deserve. She's pouring you a glass of something bubbly. She's making you laugh til it runs out your nose."―Portland Mercury


Monday, December 6th at 7PM Pacific with The Book Catapult

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
FALL DOWN 7 TIMES TO GET UP 8: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida, translated by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell
8 timesFrom the NY Times bestselling author of The Reason I Jump, comes another extraordinary self-portrait of a young adult with autism

Naoki Higashida was only thirteen when he wrote his first account of autism from the inside by a nonverbal Japanese child. In short, powerful chapters, Higashida now continues to explore school memories, family relationships, the exhilaration of travel, and the difficulties of speech. Acutely aware of how strange his behavior can appear to others, he aims throughout to foster a better understanding of autism and to encourage society to see people with disabilities as people, not as problems. This book opens a window into the mind of an inspiring young man who meets every challenge with tenacity and good humor.

“His success as a writer now transcends his diagnosis. . . . His relative isolation—with words as his primary connection to the outside world—has allowed him to fully develop the powers of observation that are necessary for good writing, and he has developed rich, deep perspectives on ideas that many take for granted. . . . The diversity of Higashida’s writing, in both subject and style, fits together like a jigsaw puzzle of life put in place with humor and thoughtfulness.”—The Japan Times


San Diego REP is proud to partner with the following local bookstores for the Stay and Play Book Club! 

About Warwick’s Bookstore
Located in the Village of La Jolla, Warwick's is the country's oldest continuously family-owned and operated bookstore. In addition to a highly curated selection of books, Warwick's regularly hosts author events and signings. Beyond books, Warwick's is also well known for its extensive, beautiful and unusual selection of gifts, jewelry, stationery, fine pens, leather, office and art supplies.
About Library Shop
The Library Shop is a well-curated nonprofit book & gift shop catering to librarians, library lovers, literary obsessives and book nerds inside the Downtown Central Library. Proceeds support the entire San Diego Public Library System.

About Book Catapult
The Book Catapult began as a blog about books in 2006, written by Seth Marko. In October 2017, The Book Catapult entered a new era, opening as a physical, brick-and-mortar bookstore owned by Seth and his wife, Jennifer Powell. The shop is a general bookstore somewhat specializing in fiction, local interest, and children’s books, located in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego.


Have questions or want more details about any of our online events or REP XTRAs? Contact our Audience Engagement Curator, Sherisa Oie, at 

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